Wilcox a major factor off the bench


Wilcox a major factor off the bench

BOSTON The Boston Celtics got off to a fast start against Memphis, with an unlikely bench player leading the charge.

It was Chris Wilcox, who saw action sooner than usual because Brandon Bass was out due to swelling in his left knee.

Wilcox made all five of his shot attempts and finished with 12 points in just under 12 minutes of playing time. Of those 12 points scored, 10 came in the first quarter, which was a major factor in the C's being up by eight points.

It was the second straight game in which Wilcox was among the key players leading the Celtics to victory.

"I wanted to pick up where I left off," Wilcox said. "Just go out there and have fun, you know what I mean?"

Yes, we know what you mean.

Putting up big numbers offensively is not what Wilcox is about now. He's an eight-year veteran who has never been to the postseason.

"All I'm about now is helping this team win as much as possible," Wilcox told CSNNE.com prior to Sunday's victory. "For me, I've got nothing really left to prove in this league. I know I can play; I've proven I can play. For me right now, it's about getting 'W's.'"

Lately, Wilcox had played an important role in that happening for the Celtics (13-10) with four straight wins, and victories in eight of their last nine games.

In the C's 91-89 win over New York on Friday, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers singled out Wilcox as a "hero" in Boston hanging on for the victory. Following Sunday's win, Rivers once again had plenty of praise for the 6-foot-10 forward.

"Wilcox has been, in the last three games he's been absolutely off-the-charts," Rivers said. "Terrific. With his energy. A lot of guys did a lot of good things (against) New York (on Friday), but I thought Wilcox was the reason we won that game, with his play. He's just doing all the right things."

Edelman, Amendola, Lewis, Vollmer to begin camp on PUP list


Edelman, Amendola, Lewis, Vollmer to begin camp on PUP list

Training camp practices begin on Thursday for the Patriots, but the team will be without a handful of projected starters when workouts begin. 

Receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, running back Dion Lewis, tight end Clay Harbor and offensive linemen Sebastian Vollmer, Shaq Mason and Tre' Jackson will all begin on the active/physically unable to play list. 

All players on active/PUP will count against the team's active 90-man roster, but none will be eligible to practice until they come off of the PUP list. Players can be removed from PUP at any time. 

Lewis, Harbor and Mason all participated in spring practices at some point, but their inclusion on the PUP list indicates that they could use more time to heal. Edelman, Amendola, Jackson and Vollmer were not spotted during spring practices that were open to the media. 

Other players who were not seen during spring camps -- such as Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon, Nate Solder, LeGarrette Blount and Josh Kline -- have not been added to the PUP list at this time and could be available for camp when practices begin.

Farrell: Sox may gave to manage Betts' knee condition for rest of season


Farrell: Sox may gave to manage Betts' knee condition for rest of season

BOSTON -- After missing two-and-a-half games due to soreness in his right knee, Mookie Betts was back in the lineup for the Red Sox Monday night.

Betts was removed from Friday night's game after four innings when he experienced soreness in the knee. The knee had been bothering him since the beginning of the second half of the season.

The training staff drained some excess fluid from the knee Saturday, reducing the swelling that had taken place.

"I was able to run at full speed [Monday],'' said Betts. "We were able to get the swelling out with ice and whatnot. I tried to stay off of it (for the weekend).''

"He feels better than he has the last couple of days,'' said John Farrell.

Farrell said the Sox might have manage the condition for the rest of the season.

"I don't fully expect this to vanish,'' said Farrell. "The biggest thing is that there was a little buildup of swelling. Once that subsided and was removed, that's where he's feeling the freedom in his knee and he's ready to go tonight.''